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Issue: "TNIV makes its debut," Feb. 23, 2002

Whenever country music got a little too impressed with itself, Waylon was there to let them know what the music's roots were.

Country guitarist Lenny Kaye, on country music star Waylon Jennings, who died last week at age 64 after a long struggle with diabetes.

All competitions are decided by fate.

Russian Olympic figure skater Anton Sikharulidze, on the controversial gold medal he and partner Elena Berezhnaya won even though the pair had a technical error and Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier skated an error-free program. Didier Gailhaguet, president of the French figure skating federation, last week said French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne felt "somewhat manipulated" into giving the Russians the higher score.

She was the first to tell me that maybe that Bush-Social Security cartoon wasn't such a good idea.

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Concord Monitor cartoonist Mike Marland, on his wife's advice against drawing a cartoon that depicted a plane labeled "Bush Budget" crashing into two towers labeled "Social Security." He apologized for the cartoon last week after the drawing prompted criticism from hundreds of readers and public officials.

They can't shoot 195 of their best friends.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), on labor lobbyists who oppose Democrat-backed campaign-finance restrictions. The House passed new restrictions last week.

Ronald Reagan said to Mikhail Gorbachev, 'Tear down this wall.' He didn't say, 'Would you mind making it a little shorter?'

White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer, on the need for presidents to speak with "moral clarity" in foreign policy. He was answering reporters' questions about President Bush's State of the Union address, in which Mr. Bush said regimes in Iran, Iraq, and North Korea make up an "axis of evil."

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